Fighting for people and planet since 1985, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to preserve forests, protect the climate, and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice. Through strategic campaigns and frontline partnerships, RAN demands that corporate commitments include environmental protections and the recognition of and respect for human and Indigenous rights. Central to this approach is building and maintaining authentic and effective partnerships with local, Indigenous, and frontline communities and their allies across the globe—many of whom are directly impacted by RAN’s corporate targets.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network went to RAN’s Community Action Grants program. The grant supported RAN’s organizational capacity to spotlight the Amazon and the Indigenous communities on the frontlines of the fires, build out stronger story-based narratives, and raise the profile of human rights abuses of Indigenous communities in the Amazon by amplifying the voices and work of those most impacted. RAN took a proactive stance to prevent the next climate catastrophe by supporting Indigenous leadership development and building organizational capacity of its allies already doing the crucial work to defend the Amazon and resist corporate extractivism. As a result of COVID-19, RAN also used the grant to focus on providing rapid response support to its close allies at Amazon Frontlines and the Ceibo Alliance. Funds to partners were used to produce vital information on preventative health measures in Indigenous languages; organize to hold the Ecuadorian government accountable to meet basic needs of Indigenous communities; and mobilize resources, such as personal protective equipment, food, and water.